Printed in the U Matuna, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Hagatna, Guam, November 6, 2011
“And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it...” It was Adam and Eve’s only task, but they decided to put off children to pursue higher education at the University of the Tree of Knowledge...and we all know how that turned out. Eventually they got around to “increasing”- albeit under conditions than had otherwise been planned - and their progeny have been multiplying and filling the earth ever since.
With the news that the earth is about to receive its 7 billionth person, some are saying that the earth is full. It’s not the first time we have heard such warnings. In 1968, author Paul Erlich in his book The Population Bomb warned that hundreds of millions of people would starve to death in the 1970‘s. Erlich advocated adding sterilants to water supplies, a tax scheme on additional children, incentives and even mandates for sterilization, unlimited access to abortion, and eliminating food aid for nations that didn’t reduce their populations.
|Newborn Danica Camacho, the Philippines' symbolic seven billionth baby, as part of the United Nations' seven billion global population projection, lies on her mother's chest in the Fabella Maternity hospital in Manila, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP)|
Despite the book’s popularity, the world apparently didn’t get the message since it went right on populating, in fact, doubling its number since Erlich’s prediction. But rather than mass death, the U.N. reports that the global death rate has continued to decline, calories consumed per person have increased 24%, the number of “undernourished” has fallen by half, and human hunger, wherever it may exist, is due to political instability, not “too many people” or a food shortage.
Erlich and the other prophets of population doom are wrong because they subscribe to the “economics of scarcity”: the pie is only so big and there’s only so much to go around. It’s a much discredited and disproved model since growing populations almost always equal growing economies (as just evidenced above), but it’s a model that is purposely kept alive since the contrived threat of imminent disaster is critical to the multi-billion dollar international population-control industry and its eugenic agenda.
This is important stuff for us to know because while we know that man’s rejection of God is at the root of the “Culture of Death”, “scarcity economics” is its operative tool. The main conclusion of scarcity economics is: “too many people” - a conclusion which is easily twisted to mean “too many of the wrong people”: black people, brown people, jewish people, poor people, mentally challenged people, and inconvenient people (the unborn and the infirm). In short the “wrong people” are those who are not the “right people”. And the “right people” are those who are at the levers of power.
The role of scarcity economics in the service of planned death is perhaps nowhere more visible today than in the Philippines where the final battle between the cultures of life and death has been waged on its legislative stage for over a decade. The Philippines is the last major country to hold out against the legalization of contraception and abortion, and a victory for population planners in this last pro-life bastion, which happens to also be the largest Catholic country in the world, is a victory that would certainly make Satan smile.
You can guess how the argument is being framed. Poverty is a problem in the Philippines and “too many people” is to blame. Of course, in the Philippines, the “too many people” are the poor people. And rather than fix the corruption that created the poor in a country that once had the second largest economy in Asia after Japan, the power brokers who gutted the once thriving economy in the first place have taken aim at the poor under the shameless and tired guise of “reproductive health”.
Given the enormous pressure to pass the infamous RH bill from the likes of USAID and the UNFPA and the pro-death forces entrenched at the very highest levels of the Philippine government, it is amazing that the pro-life Filipinos have not withered under the internationally funded attack which has been incessant since 1998 when it was first introduced.
The continued failure of the Philippine government to impose chemically controlled fertility on its people is blamed on the Catholic Church and particularly its bishops who have done much more than just send letters to the Legislature. In March, Catholic leaders mobilized a 500,000 person pro-life rally in the streets of Manila, a public show of force credited for stalling a vote on the RH bill that was supposed to have occurred last month.
Of course the attack on the Church by the purveyors of chemical death is a ruse. The Philippines was just as Catholic when it was Asia’s second largest economy as it was when it descended into poverty. But perhaps the problem really is “too many of the wrong people”: too many of the wrong people IN OFFICE. There’s a pill for that. It’s called an election.
Note: Danica Camacho, the world’s 7 billionth person, was born October 31...in the Philippines.